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I am SOOO dang excited to see Arielle + Joe’s classic and elegant wedding featured on The Black Tie Bride!! From Jimmy Choo to Tiffany & Co. to Jenny Yoo…this wedding has all the right style! Congrats to the lovely couple on all their planning skills! :)

Check out the feature here, and their original blog post here!

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Scott and Kathleen had an almost instant love connection. They met on e-harmony, as many couples do these days. After one year of dating, Scott was so confident that he had found “the one” that he proposed in the place where they had their first date! Kathleen joyfully accepted (obvi), and the couple now lives in Brooklyn! What better way to celebrate their love than with a spring-time visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden! We may have missed the cherry blossoms, but everything was still gorgeous!!

Love love love this one!!

The rose garden was absolutely beautiful!

One of my favorite moments of the day! Scott pretending he had the strength the resist Kathleen’s charm! 

But he lost in the end! :)

I seriously cannot wait until the wedding this October!! It’s going to be amazing! :)

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I remember being so excited while listening to Mary and George tell me their love story over coffee at Le Pain Quotidien. Finally, another girl who said “I love you” first! We both told our fellas that we loved them around the one-year mark in our relationships! I felt like I was meeting my long-lost soul sister! :)

Mary and George had one goal for their wedding: it needed to be easy for guests so they could have fun and enjoy the day! One of the ways they made things easy was to keep all the wedding events in one location. The getting ready time, ceremony, and reception were all held at the Three Village Inn in Stony Brook, NY.

Obsessed with these rings!

Mary gave each of her girls an etched glass to remember the day!

Emotion filled the room…

Mary, are you for real?! You are way tooooo gorgeous!

Thanks to the lovely Tina Elizabeth for assisting me all day long and for spending the morning with George! Love these two images!

It had been raining all morning and the forecast predicted that it would keep raining all day and night. Knowing the forecast, I asked some prayer warrior friends of mine to pray that the sun would come out even if just for 10 minutes during our portrait time with the couple! Well, God is good and we had sunshine for the entire First Look and portrait time!! :)


Obsessed with these florals – such great colors! Can you believe this is a Whole Foods bouquet?! They have an entire department for weddings and events!

Succulents are pretty much my new favorite thing, so I love that Mary and George gave them as wedding favors!

Such a cute photo “booth” idea!

This little boy was WORKING IT for my camera! 

I guess we should have been praying against rain during the ceremony too, but Mary and George know how to enjoy any situation! :)

Thankfully the Three Village Inn had this pretty white wall lying around so we could still capture all the family and wedding party photos. Rain, you lose.

Simply magical!

Love this super sweet moment between Mary’s mom and George’s mom…

When time allows for it during the wedding day, I try to surprise all of my couples with a same-day slideshow of some of their wedding highlights! They loooove it!  Then, I put the slideshow by the bar or cake table so guests can see it too! :)

It’s not a good night if people don’t end up rolling around on the floor!

CREDITS // Venue: Three Village Inn // Officiant: Sarah Gutmann // Florals: Wholefoods Market // Bride’s Dress: Bridal Reflections // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Rings: Tacori & HL Gross // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff // Men’s Attire: Mens Warehouse // Hair & Make-Up Artist: Make-Up Artistry Long Island // Invitations, Escort Cards, Menu Cards: Wedding Paper Divas // Table Numbers & Favors: DIY // Guestbook: Albumeria // DJ: Long Island Sound // Cake: Rolling Pin Bakery // The End!

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  • June 12, 2014 - 12:33 AM

    Jeanne Ginsberg - I am soaking up these photographs remembering the beautiful day. Are there more photos??? How do we order them? JeanneReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2014 - 3:09 AM

    Anonymous - Caribean hall has 2 venues in Brooklyn. We are capable of hosting wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, child’s birthday party, adult’s birthday party, birthday dinner, Sweet 16, wedding reception, bachelor / bachelorette party, class, meeting business presentation, religious functions, corporate meetings, fashion shows, reunions or much more with comfortable seating arrangements for up to 400 guests.

  • December 19, 2014 - 5:50 PM

    elizabeth galanakis - Hi! I’m Mary’s mother-in-law from the Shackelford/Galanakis wedding. Could you possibly send me the link to purchase the pictures. There is one in particular that I’m trying to put on a canvas thank you. They are just beautiful and you did a wonderful jobReplyCancel

I feel like me, Iliza, Alan, and Waverly (their pup) need to start a curly hair club! For reals though, these two are so stinkin’ adorable! They met through mutual friends and their relationship evolved into a life together full of laughter and joy! As you can tell from the photos below, Iliza is one of the happiest people on earth and I’m sure most of the credit goes to Alan! Their joy is contagious and my face actually hurt by the end of the session from laughing so much! This wedding can’t come soon enough! :)

“Hey guys…why don’t you stand here and snuggle, and I’ll…um…stand over here in the shrubbery…” = story of my life!

Alan proposed with the ring in this pink pouch in the very spot where Iliza is standing!

I always encourage couples to find unique ways to make their engagement session personal, and I have to say getting tacos was definitely a first! Alan and Iliza ate at Taqueria in Jersey City almost every week for years! They love this place, and I can see why. Not only is it adorable, but the tacos are amazing! If you go, you must try the chorizo one!

Me too, sign. Me too.

I think this photos sums up our entire day…nothing but giggles!!

I’m so happy that Waverly was able to join us for some photos! Isn’t she adorable?!

Yay group photo, selfie style! You don’t even want to know the amount of effort it took us to get this photo! [Note to self: start bringing tripod to engagement sessions.] Iliza and Alan, I seriously cannot wait for the big day! It’s going to be amazing!

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  • May 30, 2014 - 11:40 AM

    Grace Adams Weitzer - Love these! ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2014 - 2:24 PM

    Bernadette Harkins Fitelson - So adorable!ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2014 - 5:02 PM

    Laura Mahoney - Fab photos!!

  • May 30, 2014 - 7:21 PM

    Annie Franzen - Perfectly them!! Such fun, and such happiness.ReplyCancel

Everyone knows Hoboken is a beautiful place, but to Mike and Laura it’s so much more! Prior to relocating to Boston, Mike and Laura lived in Hoboken for three years while working and going to grad school in Manhattan. Together they had three different apartments on three beautiful streets. During their engagement session, we revisited some of their old stomping ground! :)

Hoboken reminds me so much of NYC…you can still find alleys full of cobblestone!

Mike, you did GOOD! This ring is AMAZING!

We even got to hang out on the stoop of one of their old apartments!

Mike and Laura, you guys are such a beautiful couple! I can’t wait until the wedding!! :)

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Hannah and I were enjoying some yummy noodles together at Naruto Ramen in Park Slope when I shared the news of our big trip to Italy…I’m pretty sure I nearly choked on a noodle when she said “No way! We’re going to Italy too!” After a little back and forth, we realized we would both be in Florence with our fellas at the SAME TIME! The stars aligned and I was able to photograph Hannah and her boyfriend of many years, Thomas, while in the city of romance! We met at this adorable cafe for lunch and then explored the city together stopping every so often for some photo magic! :)

Hannah and Thomas in front of the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge!

How stinkin’ cute is this girl’s laugh?!

Looks like New York isn’t the only place with graffiti! 

It took all of my effort not to stop in every single alley-way for a photo!

In addition to being super photogenic, Hannah is also the owner of HANALULU CO. Event Styling & Decor! She is so crazy talented and everything she designs is magic! Brides, hire her asap! :)

This photo pretty much sums up all of Florence…it’s got an alley, a cute bike, nature, a cafe, and of course, a super stylish lady!

Hannah and Thomas, Chris and I had so much fun hanging out with you guys in one of the coolest places on earth! Thanks for being amazing models too! :)



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Just thinking about this couple brings a smile to my face! Jenna and Brendan are two of the nicest humans on this planet, and they are insanely adorable and insanely in love (in a good way lol). If you remember from their MCU Park engagement session, they’re BIG baseball fans! Try and find some of the little ways they incorporated baseball into their blue & yellow inspired wedding! :)

But first, THIS DRESS! Can’t. Stop. Swooning.

Love love love these bright hues!

Jenna you are STUNNING!

Daddy-daughter “first looks” are my favorite!

Special thanks to my darling husband Christopher for getting so many great photos of Brendan and his groomsmen!

How precious are these two before their First Look?! They crack me up!

Sometimes I take a break from photography to pretend I’m a hair-stylist! Also, the truth is out…I really really need to touch up my roots!

I’m pretty sure this is right after the officiant called the groom “Brenda!”

“Give me your best sorority girl pose!” – Works every time!

Favorite moment of the day right here! Thankfully no veils were injured in the making of this photo!

Jenna’s “something blue” was her nails – so cute!

Obsessed with their game ticket escort cards! Jenna designed all of the paper goods herself! #hirethisgirl

Mmmm macarons! After our lovely trip to Paris, these were a welcome sight!

Paul and Jeff, SCE Event Group, did an AMAZING job keeping everyone on the dance floor and even managed to get everyone together so I could take a group photo! You all need to hire these guys for your wedding, stat!

We’re bringing blurry baaaack, yup! Selfie with the couple to end the night! Jenna and Brendan, you guys are the best and I want to re-live your wedding day all over again! :)

CREDITS // Ceremony: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church  // Reception Venue: Hamilton Park Hotel // Florals: Conroys Creations // Bride’s Dress: Hayley Paige // Bride’s Shoes: Michael Kors // Hair & Make-Up Artist: Gianna Giacona // Engagement Ring: MDC Diamonds // Wedding Rings: Zales & Ultra Diamonds // Veil: David’s Bridal // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan via Bella Bridesmaid // Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Sarno and Son // Transportation: Santos VIP Limousine // Invitations, Table Numbers, Escort Cards, Menu Cards: DIY // Centerpieces: Conroys Creations // Guestbook: Louisville Slugger // Favors: Asalt and Buttery // DJ: SCE Event Group // Videography: Abella Studios // Photo Booth: We Love Photobooths // Wedding Cake: Palermos Bakery // The End!

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